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Anna Pammrová in the Library

November 9, 2011

IllustrationWe invite you to the literary evening organized for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Anna Pammrová’s birthday - Anna Pammrová, her life, work and friendship with Otokar Březina.

The composition of texts, letters, and documentary photographs was prepared and will be presented by Milada Škárová. Petr Holman will present information about the important discovery of Anna Pammrová’s correspondence, addressed not only to Otakar Březina. We will also hear a sample of the newly found letters to Otokar Březina.

When: 23rd November 2010 at 17:00

Where: Montmartre Gallery, Řetězová 7, Prague 1

The event will be held with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

The Persecution of Václav Havel: Letters and Documents, 1968–1989Discussions in Lány II. (1991)